By Farmers Weekly staff
PRE-SALE apprehension at the National Sheep Associations Wales and Borders Ram Sales disappeared with what was described as a firm trade developing quickly for the main breeds.
While Texel and Charollais breeders saw what on paper appeared to be a buck in the trend of ailing breeding sheep prices, Suffolk and regional breeds met a mixed fate.
The overall picture reveals that 85% of the entries from 37 represented breeds found new homes with 8800 changing hands, reports the NSA.
Texel took the limelight by securing the top bid of 2000gns for a yearling ram from Bill Quicks flock at Crediton, Devon.
The breed also added almost £56 a head to the average price while clearing 99% of entries.
Another mainstream breed, Charollais, recorded an increase in average yearling values of £28 a head with a 94% clearance. But the Suffolk breed was not as fortunate.
Despite over 90% clearance of rams and ram lambs, the average prices fell by £63 and £30 a head for MV accredited stock.
A breakdown of regional breed prices shows mixed fortunes for breeds such as Blue-faced and Border Leicesters, Beltex, Hampshires and Dorsets. In general, buyers money was with mature, proven rams.